Doha: Qatar and Australia both confirmed their men’s national teams will not participate in this year’s CONMEBOL Copa America on Tuesday.
Defending AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar and 2015 winners Australia had both been invited to compete in an expanded 12-team competition in 2020, but a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with recently rescheduled Asian Qualifiers fixtures have forced both nations to withdraw.
Both the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Football Australia confirmed they will not compete in the tournament, to be held in Argentina and Colombia in June and July, in official statements.
Kuala Lumpur: Having featured the major domestic derbies of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, we turn our focus to the rivalries that highlight the Iraqi Premier League in our latest installment.
Incepted in 1974, the Iraqi Premier League has its fair share of derbies that set the adrenaline pumping with fans eager for their team to claim bragging rights.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League is set to be a thrilling affair with the continent's premier club competition expanded to 40 teams.
As the kick-off date for the historic 2021 edition approaches, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.
We kicked off the series in style, with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of Best Headers of 2020. Our next installment looks at the fabulous goals scored from free-kicks and invite you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
Generation Garuda: The Indonesian youngsters taking on the world
Kuala Lumpur: Young, talented and eager to test themselves abroad, the next generation of Indonesian football stars are becoming increasingly well-travelled.
Hailing from a uniquely passionate footballing nation but - with a few notable exceptions - one which has tended to keep its top players on home soil, Indonesia’s youth brigade of 2021 is travelling far and wide in a bid to enhance their prospects of stardom.
So, who are these ambitious youngsters, where are they playing, and what should we expect?
Join the-AFC.com as we profile eight Indonesian players abroad aged 21 or younger – five based in Europe and three in Asia – and let us know which one has the greatest potential.
Football Australia unveils ambitious FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Legacy plan
Canberra: Football Australia’s plan to deliver immediate and long-term community benefits and economic impact from Australia’s co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 took a significant step on Tuesday, with the game’s Legacy ‘23 plan presented to Ministers, Senators, and Officials of the Federal Government at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.
Legacy ‘23 is an ambitious plan for Australia to realise enduring and exciting benefits as a result of hosting the biggest sporting event on Australian soil since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.